There are millions of poor people across America and even more in the world. If you are one of the fortunate people that are in a position to help, it is natural for you to want to find ways to help those who are less fortunate. While there are many ways to help the poor, many people contribute to organizations or volunteer their time to places that specialize in giving assistance to needy families. Whichever way you choose to go about helping, you will have to analyze your personal circumstances and available resources in order to find the best way for you to help the poor.
Make a Monetary Donation
If you are time poor but capital rich, it might make more sense for you to simply make financial contributions to the organization of your choice. There are many types of non-profit organizations that you can choose from, and these organizations help all types of people. When you donate to a cause, you have the option to help poor people as close to you as in your neighborhood to halfway across the world.
Always investigate organizations to see how much of your money actually goes to the poor. Since all charities have overhead expenses, they all take some portion of donations to cover these costs, but the percentage varies. You’ll be a lot happier knowing that the charity you donate to uses the majority of the money you donate to help those in need.
Volunteer Your Time
If you don’t have much money to spare but still want to give the poor some assistance, volunteer your time. The great thing about volunteering is that it doesn’t cost a dime. Tasks can range from mentoring programs to making meals in the soup kitchen. Just find an organization that needs help and have at it. Since there are so many different types of volunteer work that you can do, find a volunteer program that matches your personal interests, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
Train People For a New Career
If you are really good at something or have specialized training in a particular trade, you can train people that may be interested in the same career. Sometimes, teaching people things as simple as basic computer skills can be a big help. If you’re a business owner, you can help people help themselves by participating in a program that aims to employ less fortunate people.
No matter what you have to spare, there’s somebody in the world who needs it. You can donate almost anything from food to clothes to toys. The great part about donating is that when you make your donation, you can be sure that your full contribution goes to help poor people.
There are many ways to help the poor, and sometimes, we overlook the simple things. For example, if you have uneaten leftovers from a restaurant meal, try leaving them out on a newspaper stand or by a garbage can for someone to find. In large cities, this practice is known as “re-plating” and is quite popular.
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Carrie Watson is employed as a social worker; she has penned many useful articles and is a writer at BestSocialWorkPrograms.com.